The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, was at the Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh to encourage Scots to get out and about this St Andrew’s Day and take advantage of the wealth of offers and activities to celebrate Scotland’s national day on 30 November.
Ms Hyslop was joined by Olive Fraser (age 3) and Cory Walker (age 4) as they explored the Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden, one of over 170 offers across 130 venues in Scotland running free and discounted entry to mark St Andrew’s Day.
With all participating venues either offering 2 for 1, kids go free or free entry, there are a huge variety of fun days out to choose from across the country, spanning the Highlands to the Borders, from Orkney to Oban.
Many of Scotland’s best loved visitor and leisure attractions are taking part, including the Edinburgh Dungeon, the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary in Oban, the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries and House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, with many of the offers allowing families to enjoy a day out for almost half the price.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:
“St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity for Scots and Scots at heart around the world to celebrate all that is great about our nation – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our warm and friendly welcome.
“What better way to enjoy our National Day than to gather together friends and family to explore what’s on offer? We want Scots to take advantage of the diverse range of events and activities on their doorstep and celebrate a fun-filled St Andrew’s Day out this year.”
The unveiling of the St Andrew’s Day Out activity follows the recent funding announcement from the Scottish Government confirming its investment of £350,000 in Scotland’s Winter Festival Programme – kicking off on St Andrew’s Day, running through Christmas and Hogmanay and culminating in Burns Night – celebrating the country’s distinct culture, heritage and creativity.
The funded programme encompasses 19 events across the country, seven of which are specifically St Andrew’s Day celebrations. Highlights of the programme include a month-long food and drink festival held in St Andrews as well as major city-based celebrations in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Glasgow’s George Square.
A full list of over 170 offers across 130 venues can be found online at http://www.scotland.org/fun
For more information on what is happening across Scotland during winter, please visit http://www.scotland.org/winter
St Andrew’s Day Out is part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme – a celebration in the run up to St Andrew’s Day where Scotland’s best-loved visitor and leisure attractions offer a host of free and discounted incentives encouraging the public to celebrate and enjoy Scotland’s national day.
St Andrew’s Day
In addition to the above St Andrew’s Day Out events, there are other St Andrew’s Day celebrations taking place throughout Scotland, check out the St Andrew’s Day Events Finder for more information http://www.scotland.org/eventsfinder.
19 events will be funded across Scotland this winter as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme. 7 of these are St Andrew’s Day events:
*St Andrews Food and Drink Festival 2 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
*Oban Winter Festival 22 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
*The Saltire 2013 27 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
*Glasgow Loves St. Andrew’s Day – 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
*Scotland Sings 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2013
*Storytelling Centre – St Andrew’s Day – 30 Nov 2013
*Edinburgh’s St Andrews Day 2013 – 30 Nov 2013
Scotland’s Winter Festivals
*Scotland’s Winter Festivals kicks off on St Andrew’s Day (30 November), runs through Christmas and Hogmanay and culminates in Burns Night (25 January).
*Scotland’s Winter Festivals celebrate Scotland’s modern culture and traditions through the best of Scottish music, arts, food and drink, innovation and entertainment.
*Scotland is a year round destination for visitors with unique events showcasing Scotland’s distinctive culture taking place across Scotland’s *Winter Festivals celebrations.
*Supported events are funded by the Scotland’s Winter Festivals Programme which is managed by EventScotland (Scotland’s National Event Agency) on behalf of Scottish Government.
*The 2013 events programme will run from 2 November 2013 – 27 January 2014
Full listings and further information can be found at http://www.scotland.org/winter